Long-legged Buzzard - Buteo rufinus Ariege gecko, cuba Jardin Botanique Arctia caja - Garden Tiger Zanzibar Red Colobus - Procolobus kirkii

Animal Speeds

Animal Speeds

8 posts / 0 new
Last post

This is a list of animal speeds, including birds, mammals, fish etc, not just the fastest/slowest, but the speeds of all animals. If you know the speed of any animals, please post them here.

The following are some approximate speeds for animals across land, sea and air.

Peregrine falcon 200 mph
[=Arial, Helvetica]Spin-Tailed Swift 106 mph
Frigate Bird 95 mph
[/]Cheetah 70 mph
Sailfish 68 mph
Pronghorn antelope 61 mph
Swan 56 mph
Duck 53 mph
Lion 50 mph
Thomson's gazelle 50 mph
Wildebeest 50 mph
Quarter horse 47 mph
Cape hunting dog 45 mph
Elk 45 mph
Coyote 43 mph
Gray fox 42 mph
Hyena 40 mph
Ostrich 40 mph
Zebra 40 mph
Mongolian wild ass 40 mph
Greyhound 39 mph
Whippet 35 mph
Jackal 35 mph
Mule deer 35 mph
Rabbit (domestic) 35 mph
Giraffe 32 mph
Reindeer 32 mph
Cat (domestic) 30 mph
Kangaroo 30 mph
Grizzly bear 30 mph
Wart hog 30 mph
White-tailed deer 30 mph
Human 28 mph
Crow 25 mph
Elephant 25 mph
Black mamba snake 20 mph
Six-lined race runner 18 mph
Squirrel 12 mph
Pig (domestic) 11 mph
Chicken 9mph
House mouse 8mph
Bumblebee 6 mph
Spider (Tegenearia atrica) 1 mph
Three-toed sloth 0.15 mph
Giant tortoise 0.1 mph
Garden snail 0.03 mph

Well, some of those are veritable slowcoaches compared to insects - admittedly beetles don't go very fast but locusts and flies can get up a good speed Fastest Flyer

However, a jumping flea is said to travel at 10 m/sec which I calculate as 360 kph .... not bad going from a standing start and it reaches that speed in 500th of a second. So if it's not the fastest animal then it certainly has the best acceleration.

Having said that, I believe that one of the planthoppers (Homoptera) now holds the record .... but I've lost the reference.

Armadillos

9-banded armadillos (the species found in North America) "Dasypus novemcinctus" - can run about 7 mph.

armadillolover;815 wrote:
9-banded armadillos (the species found in North America) "Dasypus novemcinctus" - can run about 7 mph.

That's probably faster than me!
Wonderful animals armadillos - they fascinated me as a child - still do but I've never seen one in the wild ...
There are no European armadillos, of course, and never have been. One thing that made me guffaw was the first film version of 'Dracula' where the Count had armadillos walking around in his Transylvanian living room!

paul m;776 wrote:
However, a jumping flea is said to travel at 10 m/sec which I calculate as 360 kph .... not bad going from a standing start and it reaches that speed in 500th of a second. So if it's not the fastest animal then it certainly has the best acceleration.

10 m/s is equal to 36 km/h.

Thanks for the correction! Arithmetic is not my strong point during hours of daylight.
Welcome .... Smile

my first post Big Grin anyway these are fast nut huskys have lot of stainma

New Forum Topics

Topic Last post
Online Photography Courses - Finding The Right One!
by bonitatullipandmx on Thu, 31 Jul 14 , 0 replies
by bonitatullipandmx
39 min 51 sec ago
3 unknown fungi
by basquesteve on Tue, 29 Jul 14 , 3 replies
by bulbosa
15 hours 34 min ago
Amanita?
by goosey on Mon, 28 Jul 14 , 2 replies
by goosey
1 day 13 hours ago
Moth ID from description only please
by Suzanne B on Sun, 27 Jul 14 , 2 replies
by Suzanne B
3 days 7 hours ago
Find of the day (Page: 1, 2, 3Last Page)
by goosey on Sat, 10 Sep 11 , 142 replies
by goosey
3 days 9 hours ago
Wing shedding insect
by goosey on Tue, 22 Jul 14 , 5 replies
by fishingcat
1 week 19 hours ago
Slime mould for ID
by goosey on Wed, 19 Feb 14 , 8 replies
by Slymouldy
1 week 1 day ago
Slime mould for ID
by goosey on Wed, 31 Jul 13 , 7 replies
by goosey
2 weeks 1 day ago
Toadflax sp. found in May in Portugal for ID please
by bluenapoleon on Fri, 11 Jul 14 , 5 replies
by goosey
2 weeks 1 day ago
New to The Netherlands theYellow-legged Tortoiseshell!
by goosey on Tue, 15 Jul 14 , 2 replies
by goosey
2 weeks 1 day ago